How will you address blight, particularly widespread litter, the abundance of abandoned homes and adjudicated properties on Lafayette’s Northside?

Sarah Gauthier Roy
Sarah Gauthier Roy
Candidate for City Council District 1

We must revive the Redevelopment Authority and combine programs that solve these issues under one department. We must invest in jobs in code enforcement and evaluate the process from phone call to clean up. Above all, we need to address all influencers of poverty and hopelessness that are a direct cause of these issues.

Mark Pope
Mark Pope
Candidate for City Council District 1

Mark Pope will be a hands-on, full-time council representative for City Council District #1. I performed litter clean-ups throughout my 27-year career in the Environmental Division of Lafayette Consolidated Government. I will organize and execute periodic clean-ups of District #1. Talk is cheap, and action speaks loudly. We must instill pride and a sense of ownership throughout District #1. The issue of abandoned homes, blight, and adjudicated properties is a complicated one. Government cannot take action on abandoned, blighted, and adjudicated homes until the bureaucratic process has been completed. Homes that are a danger to the community (e.g., structurally dangerous or a haven for vagrants or crime) must be given urgent attention. I will be an ambassador to expedite these issues, and improve the surrounding neighborhood(s). One remedy to abandoned property is to have adjacent neighbors cut grass and maintain the property for one year — this is a standing state law. After one year, the adjacent landowner is given ownership of the property at a nominal cost. This has never been promoted, nor used, by previous LCG administrations. I will explore all options to improve City District #1, and will be a leader in following initiatives through to completion.

Matthew Sias Jr.
Matthew Sias Jr.
Candidate for City Council District 1

North Lafayette needs a large number of dump zones to cover the abundance of litter. Second, adjudicated properties need to go in a land bank with stipulations that it would not be a rehab but would become new affordable housing. Plans must be submitted and approved by a adjudicated property governing task force appointed by the Lafayette City Council.

John Ford
John Ford
Candidate for City Council District 1

By focusing efforts near neighborhood assets such as schools, parks, and community centers. I will then address homes and adjudicated properties by relaxing zoning and permits codes/regulations that would encourage families and landlords to take action.

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